LG BH9430PW review

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Summary

Our Score:

9

Pros

  • Astonishing feature list
  • Stunning design
  • Easy to use
  • Reasonable price

Cons

  • Time consming to set up
  • Needs more catch-up TV apps
  • Slightly raspy at loud volumes

Key Features

  • 9.1-channel surround sound
  • 3D Blu-ray playback
  • DLNA streaming
  • LG Smart TV
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Wireless rear speakers
  • Manufacturer: LG
  • Review Price: £699.00

What is the LG BH9430PW?

It’s an all-in-one home cinema system that delivers ‘multi-directional’ 9.1-channel sound using LG’s proprietary Cinema Sound processing and upright ‘top’ drivers inside the front and rear speakers.

As LG’s flagship home cinema system, its feature list naturally reads like a home cinema A to Z, while wireless rear speakers reduce cable clutter in your living room. But the best part is the sub-£700 price tag, which seems remarkably reasonable for such a well-specced system.

LG BH9430PW – Design

The BH9430PW’s speakers are the major aesthetic talking point. At the front is a pair of tallboy speakers, each one standing a mighty 130cm high, which will make them an imposing feature in any living room. Thankfully they’re beautifully styled in a lustrous gloss-black finish, broken up by a brushed section that houses the tweeter.

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The yellow speaker cones peering out from the cabinet are fashioned from Aramid Fibre – chosen for its ability to reduce sound distortion – and form a gorgeous contrast with the black finish. On top is a silver cap that houses the upward-firing top driver, another eye-catching embellishment.

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The 292mm-high rear speakers are like mini versions of the towers, designed to sit on shelves or furniture. They rock the same yellow speaker cone, tweeter and upward-firing driver. The horizontally-aligned centre speaker features two Aramid fibre cones and tweeter.

All of the speakers are plasticky to the touch but they still feel weightier and more robust than most one-box system speakers, easily living up to their premium billing.

The subwoofer’s compact dimensions should make placement easy, and with its gloss-black front panel it’s not bad looking either. But, as is usually the case with all-in-one systems, it’s passive, and the lack of internal amps and electronics makes it feel light and empty when you pick it up.

The wireless receiver is styled to match the speakers, but it’s still a fairly big box to accommodate at the back of the room and there are still cables involved, which begs the question – does it really cut down on clutter?

The brains of the operation is the Blu-ray receiver, which belts out a quoted 1,460W from its built-in amp and decodes almost any audio format you can throw at it. It’s a stunner on the outside, combining a luxurious gloss black casing with a brushed top panel that creates a sort of two-tiered effect.

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But here’s the cool part – the gap between the two tiers contains a discreet disc slot, while the jutting bottom section creates a platform for illuminated touch-sensitive controls. The left hand side of the fascia drops down to reveal a USB port for playback of media files from flash drives, while a scrolling LED display on the right confirms selected inputs and sound modes. Build quality is decent enough, although the lower section feels a little plasticky.

LG BH9430PW – Connections

LG really goes to town on the rear panel, offering two HDMI inputs for running other HD sources through the system, plus an output for connection to your TV. These are joined by optical digital and analogue stereo inputs, an Ethernet port, an FM aerial input and a second USB port that lets you play media files from an external hard-disk drive. The speaker terminals are colour-coded plugs.

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gary

March 16, 2014, 11:21 am

can speaker stands be used for the rear speakers

macho9556

April 8, 2014, 3:51 am

Yes they can. I have mine mounted on monoprice stands. Try getting better
Speaker stands as they are not that good. I got my stands at Amazon

Steve

May 2, 2014, 9:26 pm

Absolutely crap do these guys get a back hander for these reviews I have this system in the bedroom the sound at best is Ok the apps like Netflix and Prime never work properly they won't load or say no Internet connection Spotify will freeze after playing 3 maybe four songs so no its not a 9 out of 10 it's more like a 4 if you are going to do reviews that may sway people to part with their hard earned money do a truthful one. The software is very buggy on this system and the sound very average go.for a Sony or better still an Av amp

NMe

April 28, 2016, 9:36 am

Have you actually used the thing? I've had this system for over a year now and it's great. I don't know about the apps but it's better to run those on the TV or a media box anyway.

Steve

April 28, 2016, 11:36 am

Of course I've used it do you think I'd make a review up? in the end the system was written off and got my money back and went for the Marantz 5008 AV.
If a system has apps they should work especially for people who haven't got a smart TV.
The LG wasn't good enough for my bedroom let alone being used for the lounge.

NMe

April 29, 2016, 12:38 pm

It wasn't good enough for your bedroom? Because of the apps? Because that's the only thing you mentioned. The sound is amazing for a consumer grade audio set.

Steve

May 3, 2016, 1:39 pm

On my first review I said the sound is OK at best! My new bedroom AV amp the Marantz 5008 wipes the floor with it as far as sound goes
I've never been keen on all in one box system's and owning the LG for 4 months just cemented that, never again,I know separates take up a lot of room but I'd rather have quality over practicality.
Lucky Goldstar no thanks.
Maybe I'm spoiled for sound quality by my Yamaha RX-A3030 which makes most AV amps sound average, I've also owned the Pioneer SC-LX87 which I sent back for the 3030.

Sent from my Sony Xperia™

NMe

May 3, 2016, 2:09 pm

You're comparing a consumer-grade home theater system to a prosumer one. The Marantz you're mentioning is as expensive as the LG you're reviewing here, but the LG includes a bluray player and five massive speakers, a subwoofer and a wireless receiver for the back speakers while the Marantz has none of those things. You're comparing apples and oranges. It's like me saying that a Tesla Model S is way better than a Toyota Yaris. Of course it is, but it's in a completely different segment of the market.

Steve

May 3, 2016, 5:40 pm

No its not I got the Marantz and a home cinema speaker package cheaper than the LG, you just need to shop around as for the comparison their both consumer grade it's just all in ones are of average sound a make do for people who don't want the sperates

Steve

May 4, 2016, 10:59 am

The Marantz and a 5. 0 speaker package worked out £250 cheaper than the what I paid for the LG, the Marantz is a lower range AV amplifier compared to the top of the range LG one box system.
So let's agree to disagree but I still think the review sites are paid by LG and especially Apple to big their products up and please don't tell me you own an iPhone cause that would be the icing on the cake.

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